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Children who have suffered neglect and abuse during lockdown need identifying and providing with support as a matter of urgency as they return to school.

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Thirty Years of the Children Act – Some Thoughts

Thirty Years of the Children Act – Some Thoughts:

A qualified social worker for 38yrs and a senior manager for the last 20. Over the last 10 years, I have worked mostly in authorities in intervention. I have chaired Improvement Boards and LSCBs and currently chairing the new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements in Wiltshire. I am a [...]

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Childrens commissioner warns of 200 children 'invisible' in system

The childrens commissioner for England has warned of more than 200 children who are "invisible" in the system.

Anne Longfield has warned of 211 children whose Deprivation of Liberty has been authorised by a court, who are locked away but whose whereabouts in the system is invisible.

These children do not show up in published data because [...]

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Childrens commissioner warns of 200 children 'invisible' in system

The childrens commissioner for England has warned of more than 200 children who are "invisible" in the system.
Anne Longfield has warned of 211 children whose Deprivation of Liberty has been authorised by a court, who are locked away but whose whereabouts in the system is invisible.
These children do not show up in published [...]

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Oldham requires improvement to be good

Since the last inspection of Oldham children's services in 2015, strategic leadership has not delivered continuous improvement of services for children, Ofsted has said.

During 2016–17, although leaders had access to performance data, they had insufficient understanding of the quality of social work practice, the inspection of Oldham children’s social care services found. While they [...]

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DfE criticised for failing to understand increased demand in children's services

The Department for Education has been slammed for failing to fully understand what is driving demand for children's social care.

The National Audit Office also criticises the department for not having an understanding why there is such wide variation between local authorities in their children’s social care activity and costs, as it has not yet done [...]

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Mental health support for new fathers

New fathers are to be offered mental health checks in a bid to support families. Under the plans unveiled by NHS England, partners of pregnant women and new mothers who are themselves suffering from anxiety, depression or more severe disorders such as psychosis will be automatically offered a comprehensive mental health assessment and sign-posted to [...]

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£3m government funding for children affected by domestic abuse

28/04/2020

Further government funding of £3 million has been announced for organisations supporting children affected by domestic abuse.

As the Domestic Abuse Bill will be debated by MPs at the Bill’s second reading today, the Home Office has announced £3.1 million funding to support children who have been directly or indirectly affected by domestic abuse.

The funding comes [...]

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Two disabled children follow in Captain Tom’s footsteps to raise money for the NHS

28/04/2020

I don’t think anyone could fail to be touched by the magnificent Captain Tom Moore who has raised more than £32 million for NHS Charities Together as his fundraising page closed this week.

The war veteran, who turned 100 years old this week and who has raised millions for the NHS by walking laps of his [...]

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90% of child abuse imagery hosted in Europe, warns IWF

28/04/2020

Nine out of 10 web pages identified by the Internet Watch Foundation showing videos and images of children being abused are hosted on servers in Europe, the charity has revealed.

IWF CEO Susie Hargreaves OBE is warning that the situation could get worse, given the increased concerns over the activities of sexual predators on the internet [...]

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